Lao Jie Ling
I cannot give you a precise location, because it doesn't have a name. We ended up stopping at a small farming outdoor restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is located close to the mountain scenic area, alongside the path up to our shuttle bus site. It was tucked away into the back corner of this little farming village. The farmer had a home, where his wife, daughters, mother, and grandmother all cooked the meal (for 27 people!!). Outside the home, there were little tin-roof shelters like you see at a park, and three tables with plastic/little metal stools surrounding them. We all sat on the stools and ate the delicious food as they served us about 8 different dishes per table. Rice, vegetables, chicken, fish, mushrooms, bread. They had it all! So good.
Dragon Pool Valley Scenic Area
We just stopped at a random little restaurant on the way from the Dragon Pool Valley Scenic Area. There are a lot of restaurants nearby the entrance to that park, and our tour guide had picked a random one to make a reservation at. It had enough room for us. The food actually wasn't that good. Our table had another chicken head (beak and wobbley chin thing included), while another got a rabbit head. Some of us were a little sick later :(
Nanyang Museum of Han Stone Gravings
This was a really fascinating place. The museum holds hundreds of stones engraved with various pictures and images collected from ancient Han tombs. We were told that they were more than 1000 years old! I was intrigued by the carvings themselves. Naturally, they varied on the subject of their work - dinners, hunting, musicians, kings and counsels. It's always neat to see art demonstrating the use of ancient musical instruments or to watch fashions change as the years go by. But I was really interested to see some of the animals are actually pre-historic. One was clearly a dinosaur (you know the kind that is Sarah on The Land Before Time?). Two were dragons, but only one had wings. You kind of expect the dragons, but the differences in how they were depicted suggests two origins to the dragon legend. One was wingless and quite fat. The other had wings and was longer and thinner. Add in the dinosaur, and it was all really cool!
Zhenping Jade Market
This is a massive ancient marketplace, with hundreds of shops set up into long rows of buildings along the street. It's known as the Jade Market, but there are actually a ton of other products sold along there as well. This is where a lot of the merchants buy their jade in bulk from the makers, to then re-sell to consumers in jewelry stores. You are supposed to get a pretty good discount here, although I didn't find anything. The history of the place, the small carnival going on nearby, and the sweet people made it worth our while though :)